Thursday, September 20, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    Tinubu the Ap’ejalodo and his strange fish friend

Tinubu the Ap’ejalodo and his strange fish friend

There is this story that helped to tame the greed of pre and post-colonial Yoruba society, as well as any tendency within it to play God.  Set in an African village, the story is that of a young wretched fisherman (Ap’ejalodo) who was ravaged by failure.He was unable to catch enough fish over the years to rescue him from the pangs of lack. [...]

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    The Buhari/Punch tango

The Buhari/Punch tango

A very pathetic story which crept into the media a few hours to this weekend suddenly took away the appetite of sane citizens of the world. According to the story, some suspected Fulani herdsmen had beheaded Charles Chrisanthus, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bare Ward of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State. He was brutally slain on [...]

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    Road to making Buhari the ‘fuhrer’

Road to making Buhari the ‘fuhrer’

There has been a raging debate on what drove President Muhammadu Buhari or what the President drove to the Abuja venue of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA’s) 58th Annual General Conference on August 26, 2018. Don’t get me wrong: the President must have been driven to the event in a long convoy of SUVs, cossetted on all sides by security aides. [...]

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    Nigeria, where impala eats lion for supper

Nigeria, where impala eats lion for supper

One of my favourite channels on the DSTV is the Animal World channel called National Geographic. I am fascinated by the process of how wild animals capture their preys; how a boa constrictor strings itself round a crocodile, for example, muffles life out of it and begins the slow process of swallowing the hapless prey. Fast-forward to another scene: the [...]

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    Tinubu and the penalty kicked into throw-in

Tinubu and the penalty kicked into throw-in

Even among discographers, the exact logic in the highly famous song of Temitope Adekunle, Ondo State-born youth musician who is more popularly known as Small Doctor, cannot be deciphered. Small Doctor had caused a major eruption in national dancehalls when he released that hit song he labeled Penalty. Although delivered in Yoruba, the locale-blind nature of music all over the world ensured that this song travelled [...]

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    Saraki the father, the son; Tinubu and the holy Buhari

Saraki the father, the son; Tinubu and the holy Buhari

It was sometime in 2001. The political temperature of Kwara State had reached a troubling zenith. The godfather and his godson had declared a world war. Swords menaced swords, provoking fiery reverberations across Nigeria. Rear Admiral (rtd) Mohammed Alabi Lawal, now late, apparently egged on by his military pedigree, had put on acts like the Yoruba warriors of old. While declaring [...]

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    Oshiomhole’s tyranny of the tongue

Oshiomhole’s tyranny of the tongue

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    Ekiti electoral corruption and our ‘baa ko daya’ politics

Ekiti electoral corruption and our ‘baa ko daya’ politics

Ekiti State exploded on July 14. Pundits who had predicted an explosion of firearms and blood spillage initially thought that their predictions had gone off target as no blood was actually shed on that day. With the benefit of hindsight however, what pundits probably foresaw was an explosion of repulsive stench. As we speak, the odour from the Ekiti election [...]

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    Adeosun and the certificate narrative

Adeosun and the certificate narrative

At a Media and the State class which held at the University of Ibadan during the week, I told my audience which comprised Political Science students, that the governance structure in Nigeria had been so compromised by our collective corruption that no public institution is immune from integrity issues. If the students expected that I had come to dress the [...]

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    Politicians, blood oath and 2019

Politicians, blood oath and 2019

South African poet, Mazisi Raymond Fakazi Mngoni Kunene (1930-2006) and his Nigerian counterpart, Gabriel Imomotime Okara, in their respective works, have demonstrated how difficult it is for an African – no matter his embrace of modernity and religious values of the west and east – to divorce himself from the hubris of occultism, black magic and blood oath which form [...]

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    Why did Buhari resign?

Why did Buhari resign?

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari unwittingly provoked the age-long discourse on the relationship between God, religion and the state. Confronted by hundreds of dead bodies and rivers of blood aftermath a gruesome carnage suspected to have been unleashed on Barkin Ladi, Riyom and some parts of Jos South of Plateau State by Fulani herdsmen, Buhari, who had made a pleasantly [...]

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    His excellency the godfather

His excellency the godfather

Since the Macpherson Constitution of 1951 granted self-rule to all the three regions that made up Nigeria, the year 2007 was actually the very first time that virtually all the Nigerian states experienced a successful succession of leadership. Except perhaps in 1958 when Chief Obafemi Awolowo transmitted the power of the office of the Premier of Western Region to Chief [...]

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    A paradise for maggots

A paradise for maggots

If you are a keen follower of the narratives of corruption in Nigeria in the last ten years or so, you must have encountered a book written by Oxford University professor and Chair, African Studies, Wale Adebanwi, with the above title. A paradise for maggots details the war waged by the first Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [...]

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    Buhari’s Ejigbadero tactics

Buhari’s Ejigbadero tactics

At critical times, even the worst of governments are never in short supply of maverick game-changers who suddenly reconfigure the game in the middle of a tempest. Such persons spin a yarn that holds the crowd spellbound and in many cases, succeed in upturning the prevailing narratives. In many regards, the tactics they deploy conform to the theory of hegemony, [...]

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    Aristo and rage of the kitchen knife

Aristo and rage of the kitchen knife

There is really a huge lure to comment on the political today. President Muhammadu Buhari has just given a national broadcast that provokes several questions; ex-Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame was, during the week, sentenced to 14 years imprisonment; Buhari assented the Not Too Young To Run Bill, among many other issues. Unless we want to fool ourselves, political issues drive [...]

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    Long live Saint Sani Abacha

Long live Saint Sani Abacha

If statistical estimation of Nigeria’s population of 60% youth is anything to go by, then a very few percentage of Nigerian youth, in their multiple of millions, witnessed the reign of terror of General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s Head of State between 1994 and 1998. Thus, when President Muhammadu Buhari, last Tuesday, canonized the late General as one unfairly demonized, the [...]

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